- Parents killed in dragon attack on hometown at age 1 – Blaze was only survivor
- discovered in the wreckage by old, experienced adventurer – taken in, named, and took place of his only son who died many years earlier
- mentor taught me how to survive in the forest, hunt, fight with bow and swords, sneak, all the good adventuring stuff really – taught much about dragons: history, language, weak points (1st favored enemy)
- At age 21, mentor falls sick and tells me about my past on his deathbed, I vow to avenge my parents death
- normally good-natured and optimistic, like his mentor, but now shattered and brooding after the death of the only parental figure he had.